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Old 08-12-2019, 01:33 PM   #16
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Probably "Totenkopf". Great photo!
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:26 PM   #17
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What ct is he wearing ?
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:44 PM   #18
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Looks like GJ boots on feet ? Nice photo.
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Old 08-12-2019, 03:05 PM   #19
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Looks like GJ boots on feet ? Nice photo.
Sergey, there are many pictures on the internet of SS-FJ troopers wearing mountain boots. They were very popular for the anti-partisan operations in Yugoslavia. In fact, some of the most famous images from Operation Rösselsprung show many of Kurt Rybka's men wearing them instead of jump boots. Here's one of the more interesting ones ... https://i.pinimg.com/originals/65/68...824f6d1ead.jpg

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Old 08-12-2019, 03:21 PM   #20
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Of course, who can forget this very popular image from Operation Rösselsprung (see photo 6 of 33) … http://alifrafikkhan.blogspot.com/20...bataillon.html

Or this one from Drvar … see photo 14 of 33.

Or this one from Operation Panzerfaust in Budapest during October 1944 … see photo 23 of 33.

The mountain boot appears to have been a common and popular item of issue.

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Hello Gustav and fellow members,

IMO Deutschland cuff

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Old 08-12-2019, 03:36 PM   #22
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Interesting theme, especially the clothing.
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Sergey, there are many pictures on the internet of SS-FJ troopers wearing mountain boots. They were very popular for the anti-partisan operations in Yugoslavia. In fact, some of the most famous images from Operation Rösselsprung show many of Kurt Rybka's men wearing them instead of jump boots. Here's one of the more interesting ones ... https://i.pinimg.com/originals/65/68...824f6d1ead.jpg

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Yes, Gerry, a lot of GJ boots just never seen in studio pix before.
Lw paras also liked wear them in east front .
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WOW! Both tremendous photos! I had not seen those before.

Thanks for posting them!

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Yes, Gerry, a lot of GJ boots just never seen in studio pix before.
Studio pix … excellent point, Sergey! I hadn't thought about that. Now, I'm going to have to look through my books and see if I can find any others.

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What ct is he wearing ?
Given that he had been assigned to SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3, he would have worn a "Deutschland" cuff title.

SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 "Deutschland" was assigned to 2. SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich".

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Old 08-12-2019, 06:32 PM   #28
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He got a heer fj badge, was this common practice for this unit ?
According to P.K. - very few of the SS-Fallschirmjager received the Heer badge. Most received the LW version. The majority went to the OKH, which re-instituted the Heer badge on 1.6.1943.

The SS-Fallschirmjager who received the Heer badges did not receive their A4 Fallschirmschutzen-Abzeichen des Heeres certificates until November and December 1944, if they got them at all. The unit had to request for the documents through SSFHA, which then processed them and sent them back to the SS-Fsch.-Jg- Btl. for distribution.

The first two or three SS courses through Fallschirmschule III in Serbia got Fallschirmschutzen-Abzeichen des Heeres but the small stock obtained by the battalion's training wing was quickly used up.
Most if not all of the Brandenburg Fallschirmjager received the Fallschirmschutzen-Abzeichen des Heeres. The majority of the production of Fallschirmschutzen-Abzeichen des Heeres was delivered to OKH, which had priority, while the SS-Fallschirmjager Btl. , formed three months beforehand, only managed to acquire a few.
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I had not heard that explanation before. Thanks!

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Old 08-12-2019, 09:59 PM   #30
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For those who haven't already seen this film clip, here is a short description of the history of the SS-Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon 500/600.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvWaTMuwRs8

Please take it with a grain of salt as many of the photographs are out of sequence or show the combat actions of LW Fallschirmjäger units. Still, the video does fairly well in capturing the major operations of this unique organization.

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P.S. You can see Walter Redeker's entire 2-hour interview at this link … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDRr-swJoQs

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